Sunday, October 31, 2021

SAMHAIN

By the sound of the children you knew the calendar day. By their screams you knew what evening it was. You knew it was very late in the year. October. The last day of October, with white bone masks and cut pumpkins and the smell of dropped candle wax.

Ray Bradbury, The October Game
















































































































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35 comments:

Haunted Eve said...

Glad to see you're back. Actually may be just the "pick me up" I need because right now Mr. Haunted Eve after 24 years of Halloween yard haunt displays is really feeling his age and feels burned out after this Halloween.

Rot said...

Thanks.
Nice to be back.

And I can TOTALLY relate as I was really feeling it this year. Not to mention that my hands look like I dug a grave with them.

MrNightmare said...

10/31/21... The day HE came home!

As always, spectacular display. I love the organic feel with the leaves, stalks, Jacks, and classic Black & Orange overtones.

You were terribly missed. Your blog is an inspiration for all things we love about the high holiday and a daily outlet for me and countless others to venture back to for much needed Halloween. Interesting how we all relate to each other. I too am feeling it as you and Haunted Eve explained.

Rot said...

Thanks. Really really appreciate that.

Tried to do something super traditional this year, and the kids, who typically seem to not even notice my props, really ate the display up this year.

Ragged Grin said...

Good to see you back.

Sincerely hope all is well.

Haunt is breathtaking in many ways. The cans, the reclaimed wood, the coats. Man they look like you pulled them out of a field.
I should let you know I've been planning a basket head one with reclaimed wood for a couple years now...no carrot noses.

Halloween, for many of us I suppose, just wasn't the same. Painful, clearly...as I'm also gonna be sore for a month, getting old stuff sucks. Covid, etc, etc., somehow this blog, your amazing haunt, this makes it feel more real, far better, cathartic in a way.

Couple to recommend, DarkRose Manor, which is incredible this year, as ever and Highbury Cemetery, which I drove past later on Halloween night. Owner Mike seemed very busy so I opted just to wave. Lots of very cool stuff out there this year, good to see the spirit of the season is alive and well, despite what everyone has endured.

🙏

Rot said...

Thanks, man. I appreciate it.

And those two Haunts are definitely on my radar.

Mike C(JASONV123) said...

Welcome back,
I really dig the Haunt pics. Excellent work as usual my freind.

Rot said...

Thanks!

highbury said...

Very glad to see you back and that you haven't skipped a beat! Absolutely stunning work as always, sir.

Wait, Ragged Grin, YOU WHAT!?!?

J said...

Agree with all of the above. My street this year was horribly depressing. There were some trick r treaters shockingly but the block was dark, dull, and depressing. Anyway, glad you are still making Halloween, feel like Halloween should. Lit up the pumpkins and oh that smell. That’s Halloween!!

The Barn Haunt

Rot said...

Thanks, guys!

Rot said...

Barn Haunt's on my list as well. An annual favorite.

Unknown said...

Welcome back...it's like seeing the best preview of the next big "Return of..." movie. Have been checking back to your blog the last couple years hoping to see a glimpse, so glad you've returned with your usual in-depth and surround sound presence. You have been missed.

Unknown said...

YES!!! I was so glad to see new posts on the blog. I know it is not fair for me to have such unrealistic expectations for you, but you have made yourself an inspiration to so many people. So it is with much appreciation, humility, and good humor that I say, "It's about bloody time!"

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Rot said...

Thanks, guys. I really REALLY appreciate it.

Angela said...

So excited to see your work and posts! No one plays with amber light and shadows like you do. I feel like a ToT who found the full candy bar house. Seriously, I shouted with joy at breakfast after Halloween. For so many of us, coming to your blog on Nov 1 is like waking to presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Wishing you all the best, Rot!

Rot said...

Thanks!
That is too kind of you.

Willow Cove said...

An amazing haunt, Rot! Love the stairs/ entry scarecrows. And pics of the stairs- what the kids were met with first. Bravo!

Old Fashion Halloween said...

Magical. So happy to see the beautiful imagery. You were missed and you made up for lost time with so much new material.

Rot said...

Thanks, guys!
Went simple and Traditional this year.

Theo said...

late to the party here...

but THRILLED to have you back and returning with such a sublime display.
the pumpkin-headed creature is a phenomenal piece. it's expression is perfect and the nuances of its pose and the way the supports are hidden makes it feel chillingly real to me. some mythic Halloween spirit turning from the cauldron and rising up on those bent knees.

and I'm LOVING that elements from past years are reappearing here... the tin lanterns from 2017 and the crude fencing spilling out the front walkway onto the street.

its bottled october magic once again.

Rot said...

Thanks, Theo! I really really really appreciate that.
Definitely enjoying recycling the old elements. The tin lanterns seemed to impress anyone who came up for candy. SO they will definitely be an annual event.

Tallulah said...

So glad to see you back! And your work is outstanding.

Rot said...

Thanks!

Halloween Queen said...

Welcome back!
What a great Halloween when I saw you were back, you were truly missed!!
Hope all is well and as usual the yard looks amazing!

Rot said...

Thank you!
I really appreciate that!

Brad said...

Halloween is once again complete! Warm welcome back and I hope all is well in your world.

Rot said...

Thanks, Brad.
I appreciate it.

Mike V. said...

Welcome back Rot. Your presence, posts and photos have been sorely missed. Another incredible display truly representing what the holiday is all about. Glad you are back.

Rot said...

Thanks, Mike!

Unknown said...

Im glad that youre back. It means alot to alot of people including me. Especially in this time of duress.🖤

Mcwthethird said...

The king has returned :)

Thanks Rot - we missed you.

Rot said...

Thanks!

The Gill-Man said...

So, I just decided to pop on here to peruse some old pics....just having some Halloween withdrawals and needing a fix of spookiness...but what do I discover? ALL SORTS OF NEW POSTS!!! Welcome back man!! The past couple years have sucked, both personally and professionally, so I take this as a good omen!

Rot said...

Thanks!